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Obstetrical or OB Ultrasound

The obstetrical or OB ultrasound is used to visualize the embryo or fetus in its mother's uterus (womb). The procedure is often a standard part of prenatal care, as it yields a variety of information regarding the health of the mother and of the fetus. It is extensively used to monitor the progress of the pregnancy including gestational age, normal anatomy, fetal growth, gender determination and detection of developmental defects before birth.


What happens during the exam?
The patient lies on a table with the abdominal area exposed. The sonographer (technologist who performs the exam) will put a warm water-based gel on the skin surface. The gel helps to transmit the sound waves by excluding air. An instrument called a transducer, which is about the size of a microphone, will be moved over the skin surface by the sonographer.


How do I prepare for this test?
You may eat regular meals prior to the exam. The only special preparation is to have a full bladder if it's an early pregnancy. Therefore, you should drink 32 ounces of water (two 16 oz bottles) before the exam. Start drinking one hour before the exam. Do not urinate before exam as your bladder must be full. If it' a third trimester pregnancy, you do not have to drink any fluids.


How long will it take?
About twenty minutes.


Will it hurt?


How will I learn the results?
You may call your doctor to discuss the results.

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